Hole # 5, par 3, 170 yards
There are three 9-hole courses at Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons Golf Club in Lihue designed by Jack Nicklaus. When you fly in to the Lihue airport during the day, you can see golfers practically underneath the plane because some of the fairways are adjacent to the runways.
Hole # 5 on the Kiele Moana course is a challenging par 3. All three tee boxes are located on one side of the gulley while the forward tee is on the other side where the green is located. When you drive up to the tee, the green looks like it’s a mile away. What?! It’s a par 3? Luckily for me, I left my ego in the car and came to play the white tees which is difficult enough. Besides, I am playing on a limited supply of golf balls. When you come to the island to play golf, you don’t pack a lot of balls because it weighs down your luggage and you can buy more on Kauai if you really need more.
Even from the white tees, the hole plays longer than 170 yards. Today, it looks more like 185 yards so I am hitting my 4-hybrid. I want a club that will give me the confidence of clearing the gulley. The only way I am going to lose my ball is to pull or push my shot because there’s trouble left and right of the hole. The green looks like it is sitting on a mountain with slopes on all sides. Coming up short is trouble. But since the forward tee is on the other side, you have plenty of room to the right of the green in case you have too much club.
I hit first and it was a good one. I would hit the edge of the green and roll back slightly. Hopefully, I can chip it close. My playing partner tees off from the other side of the gulley. Lucky for her. She hits a beautiful shot to the green. From the forward tees, it’s 137 yards and too much club is trouble. She hits the green with her 8-iron.
We are both on. I am putting for par and she for birdie. I come up short and bogey the hole. She two putts and pars it.